U.S.-Supported Humanitarian Aid Shipments Delivered To Colombian Border With Venezuela, Despite Objections From Maduro

Breitbart News: U.S. Humanitarian Aid Convoy Begins Helping Venezuelans in Colombia
“The first of three humanitarian aid convoys provided by the United States and other regional contributors arrived in Colombia Sunday and is ready for collection from the border town of Cúcuta, officials announced. The shipment — paid for by the United States, Colombia, and various Venezuelan companies — began providing humanitarian aid on Sunday evening from Cúcuta to those in most desperate need. Other shipments will also be available from border towns in Brazil…” (Kew, 2/4).

Financial Times: Aid convoys for Venezuela risk becoming flashpoint
“…[President Nicolás] Maduro has dismissed offers of international aid as a pretext for military intervention. The opposition’s allies counter they are responding to calls from opposition leader Juan Guaidó, recognized by most of the hemisphere and Europe as Venezuela’s legitimate, interim president…” (Rathbone/Long, 2/4).

IRIN: Reporter’s Diary: Hope rises in Venezuela’s hunger-driven political crisis
“…The humanitarian crisis is now so bad that previously eradicated diseases like diphtheria and measles have returned, while the health care system, like the economy, is in a state of complete collapse. Maduro’s regime denies the crisis and refuses to accept most international aid, although the United States now says it will be sending aid at Guaidó’s request…” (Hansen, 2/4).

PRI: As Venezuela’s crisis worsens, thousands more flee to neighboring Colombia seeking relief
“…Three million, or 10 percent of the Venezuelan population, have now left since the crisis began four years ago, according to the U.N. Refugee Agency, with another 5,000 leaving each day. Many hope that Venezuela’s opposition, led by its new, fresh-faced leader, Juan Guaidó, recognized as legitimate by the U.S. along with most other Latin American and Western nations, can end the country’s woes…” (Taylor, 2/4).

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